Nearly every home in America has a TV and its easy to see why, people like to be entertained, but the question is has it become an obsession? Here are some statistics: The average person in America spends 5 hours and 11 minutes per day watching television. The average person will spend 9 years of his or her lifetime watching TV. 99% of households posses at least one television. 65% of Americans own 3 or more TVs. The average child in America spends 900 hours every year in school and 1,200 hours a year watching TV. With all these statistics its easy to see why the Super Bowl gets watched every year by more than 100 million people. This list is about the total amount of viewers the top 10 most watched TV shows in America rank in on average per episode.
#10. Castle (9,764,000 viewers)
Castle is an American crime drama television series that premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The show follows the lives of Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist, and Kate Beckett, an NYPD homicide detective, as they solve various strange crimes in New York City. Kate is upset at first about working with a writer, but soon the two develop feelings for each other, which the plot focuses on heavily as the two try to solve crimes including the unsolved murder of Kate’s mother. In 2014 the TV show won Favorite TV Crime Drama and Favorite TV Drama Actress from the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
#9. Jeopardy (10,058,000 viewers)
Jeopardy is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin on March 30,1964. The show features a quiz competition in which several contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. With over 6,000 episodes aired as of May 2014, the daily syndicated version of Jeopardy has won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards in addition to a Peabody Award. Game Show Network ranked the show number 2 on its 2006 list of the 50 greatest game shows, and TV Guide ranked it number 1 in its 2013 list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
#8. Wheel of Fortune (10,393,000 viewers)
Wheel of Fortune is another American television game show created by Merv Griffin, however it was created over a decade after Jeopardy on January 6, 1975. The show features a competition in which contestants must solve word puzzles. Each round has a category and a blank word puzzle, with each blank representing a letter in the answer, similar to those in the classic game of hangman. In order to win cash and prizes, the contestants must spin a giant carnival wheel which consists of 24 spaces, most of which are labeled with dollar amounts ranging from $300 to $900. Wheel of Fortune has long been one of the highest-rated programs on U.S. syndicated television. It was the highest-rated show in all of syndication before it was dethroned by Two and a Half Men in the 28th season in late 2010.
#7. NCIS (10,398,000 viewers)
NCIS is an American drama television series featuring a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigate Service who conduct criminal investigations in the U.S.Navy and Marine Corps. The show premiered in September 23, 2003 and is currently running as of May 2014. In season seven, NCIS led to the spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. In 2011, NCIS was voted America’s favorite television show and later finished its tenth season as being the most watched television series in the U.S. during it’s late 2012, early 2013 TV season. CBS renewed the series for a twelfth season on March 13, 2014.
#6. 60 Minutes (10,435,000 viewers)
60 Minutes is an American television news-magazine program that was broadcast on the CBS television network on September 24, 1968. The program pioneered many of the most important investigative journalism procedures and techniques, including re-editing interviews, hidden cameras, and surprise journalism visits to the home or office of an investigative subject. Soon many news corporations started imitating the same exact investigative journalism techniques, especially in the 1970’s from Australia and Canada as well as local television news companies. In 2002, 60 Minutes was ranked #6 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The New York Times has called it “one of the most esteemed news-magazines on American television.”
#5. Blue Bloods (11,053,000 viewers)
Blue Bloods is an American crime/drama television series that premiered on September 24, 2010 in the United States and Canada on CBS. The series follows an Irish-American Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department who fight and solve crime throughout the city of New York. Each episode has a family dinner scene at a large dining table in the Henry/Frank home in which all the family members attend and discuss their day, current cases, or controversies just depicted in the previous episode. The show’s pilot episode received a total of 13.02 million viewers or 15.24 million viewers including DVR viewers. Overall, the ratings have been steady for the series, after the pilot episode. The lowest viewer total of 9.77 million occurred in the second episode of the third season, and is to date the only episode that had fewer than 10 million viewers. On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed Blue Bloods for a fifth season.
#4. The Blacklist (11,243,000 viewers)
The Blacklist is another American crime/drama television series aired in the United States. The seines premiered on September 17, 2013 on NBC. The show features former government agent Raymond Reddington who has been on the run for years, but suddenly surrenders to the FBI after he offers to co-operate only with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. He claims that the FBI and himself have similar interests in getting rid of dangerous criminals and terrorists. The FBI see this as an opportunity to capture some of their most wanted fugitives and accept his offer. In 2014, the series was nominated for best actor from a television series drama and favorite new television series drama from the Golden Globe and People’s Choice Awards respectively.
#3. The Voice (11,288,000 viewers)
The Voice is is an American reality television singing competition that premiered on April 26, 2011 on NBC.The concept of the show is to discover singing talent in ordinary individuals by having the judge’s backs turned to the performers. If the judge likes the performer’s voice then he or she can press a button that turns their chair around and allows them to look directly at the singer. If more than one judge presses their button then they have to fight over the singer to join their team. The winner is determined by viewers who vote through telephone, Internet, and SMS text. At the end of the season one singer is chosen as the winner and receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. In 2014, the show won favorite TV competition show and outstanding producer of competition television from People’s Choice Awards and Producers Guild of America respectively.
#2. Dancing With The Stars (14,057,000 viewers)
Dancing With the Stars is an American dance competition show that aired on June 1, 2005 on ABC in the United States and Canada. The show was designed to be the American version of the British television series Strictly Come Dancing. The show features famous celebrities who are paired with professional dancers who then have to come up with their own unique dance in order to compete against other dancers for the judges’ points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges’ points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains. Some past celebrity contestants include professional Olympic athletes, supermodels, actors, singers, astronauts, and teen-heartthrobs. Each contestant receives large amounts of money depending on how long they stay in the competition.
#1. The Big Bang Theory (16,436,000 viewers)
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, which premiered on September 24, 2007 on CBS. The show follows the lives of five friends who study and or work at the California Institute of Technology. The main characters include Sheldon Cooper, the most intelligent in the group, and Leonard Hofstadter, both of which are physicists; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; Howard Wolowitz, a mechanical engineer, and Raj Koothrappali, an astrophysicist. The show’s comedic genius follows through when the semi-anti-social to completely anti-social guys are put in awkward situations. In 2014, the show won favorite network TV comedy and favorite TV comedy actress from the 40th People’s Choice Awards.